Things to Do

Families throughout the region, and even the country, have been enjoying trips to Mackinac Island for decades. Now that you’ve arrived, what is there to do? The possibilities are endless! Things to do on Mackinac Island range from exceptional shopping, biking around the island, and visiting historic sites. Read on for more Mackinac Island activities and check out some more businesses here! You’ll be grateful to come back to a cozy room at the Mackinac House after a long day exploring the island.


It’s hard to visit Mackinac Island and not visit a gift shop for themed souvenirs for the kids (and you!). Caddywampus is a fun toy shop for the whole family. If books are more your style, check out the Island Bookstore. It wouldn’t be a trip to Mackinac Island without picking up some famous fudge from Joann’s Fudge or the Original Murdick’s Fudge.

Biking, Hiking & Other Outdoor Activities

Mackinac Island Arch RockRent a bike from the Mackinac Island Bike Shop and hop on the paved trail that circles the island. Biking around the island takes approximately 1–3 hours, depending on how often you stop to take in the views, and is an 8-mile ride. If 8 miles seems a little daunting, there are shorter trails available. Visible on the East side of the island by bike, Arch Rock is a famous rock formation over fifty feet wide that tourists have enjoyed for years. Marquette Park and area playgrounds offer families a fun way to spend a sunny afternoon while enjoying a sunny and breezy Mackinac Island summer day. You can also explore Mackinac Island on foot using the extensive park trails throughout the island. Mackinac Island is famous for breathtaking photography opportunities along the coast of Lake Huron and the interior of the island. 


Sightseeing & Historical Sites

Mackinac Island is known for its Butterfly House and Insect Museum where you can see stunning live butterflies from several continents. There are also a number of historical sites and historical parks for which Mackinac Island is famous (Mackinac State Historic Parks recently celebrated 125 years of operation). Fort Mackinac dates back to the American Revolution. The original buildings that offer a view of the Straits of Mackinac still stand and there are reenactments available for your educational entertainment.

Dining on Mackinac Island

Part of the excitement of a vacation is the food! Whether it's discovering a brand new family favorite or visiting your stand-by favorite restaurant, Mackinac Island dining has a variety of wonderful dining experiences that are sure to please. If you're in the mood for breakfast food, check out the Pancake House. Open late night for inexplicable pizza cravings, Island Slice Pizzeria has a convenient location on main street. Local coffee shops like Lucky Bean Coffee House are good for a quick pick-me-up during your day out and about. The Chuckwagon features classic diner fare.